God Has Blessed Our Day

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

Friday, November 23, 2012

After Thanksgiving Thank Yous

We had a good Thanksgiving day.  Just us four, together, relaxing.  Well, I suppose my other family members were relaxing, while I prepared a great T-Day dinner.  It was fantastic.  The food was filling and delicious.  Another year has passed and we are so thankful for the life we have.  Thankful for my husbands job.  My children.  Our home.  Our cars.  So thankful for our families and friends!  God has blessed us completely.  
Thank you Lord for all you have given us.  Without you and your love we would not be where we are today.  Nor the people we have become.  You are our guide and light and we love you so much!

I am even thankful for our funny chickens.  Though, they have slowed in their egg laying!  However, all the eggs these ladies have given is a blessing!  (except for the middle chicken you see here, she is NOT a good layer.  I think her egg maker isn't working, hee)

The ladies were enjoying the Thanksgiving morning!  I think they were thankful that they are NOT turkeys!!!

 Wait...don't run...I didn't mean to call you a turkey!  COME BACK!!!  

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I hope your Thanksgiving last night will not stop there.  I pray that we will take our thank yous and keep them going all year long.  To remember why we are here on earth.  That in all we do we can be thankful.  
God Bless

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Heart of Dakota Curriculum

11-12-12  I wanted to share our little snow we had from just last Monday.  It's still amazes me how fast our weather changes.  Of course, our snow has melted now.  Which I am sort of thankful for, because I know we will have lots of snow soon and it will last for months!  It is so beautiful though!

I wanted to share a little about my 4th graders new curriculum.  It was a bold and scary decision to just cut her out of the old curriculum during the school year and start something super brand new!  I love the way this curriculum is laid out.  It takes you through every step.  We chose Heart of Dakota, Creation to Christ, because I thought it would be a little more challenging for my daughter.  I love that it starts with the beginning of time!  What better way to learn about history than in Genesis?  Right from the beginning!  We wouldn't have "history" if it were not from our God!  So I think this was a perfect way to go!

As you can see here, this is Day 4 of our first Unit.  There are four days to complete during the week and the 5th day you can move on to Unit 2, or finish up from Unit 1.  That is what we did, because we had a few bumps in the road this week.  So having that extra day (ours was Friday) was so perfect.  You can see that it takes you through each lesson.  There are two pages from "Reading about History", then on the second page it walks you through Geography or Bible Study, Math, Language Art, Poetry, and Science.

My daughter LOVES art.  So I was so happy to see that the poetry incorporates lots of art!  Here is her first painting (plus my older daughter was happy to do this with us!) to a Robert Frost poem!  I think she did so well!  Yeah for Art!

Here she is working on her Student pages that go along with the program!  They are beautiful thick pages that take you through each Unit!  After the year is over she will have a notebook full of memories of the things she learned!  What a great way to reinforce learning!  The most wonderful part I have noticed, is that she hasn't complained once.  We were struggling with our other program.  She would get so frustrated with writing and math.  She wasn't truly learning all of the history (actually I was adding in my own things to history, so she would learn more).  Math was our biggest hurdle and I have to say I feel so confident that this "hurdle" in math will be overcome!  Heart of Dakota doesn't have their own math, but has great suggestions that they will provide the supplies for.  However, we decided to go our own route and Teaching Textbooks is the way we are going.  So far it has been a great choice for her.  Because it started with the basics that she already knows, I may have to move her ahead.  However, yesterday she did two lessons on her own and she said she learned new things she hasn't yet!  The HUGE thing about that is, for her to do two lessons on her own is AMAZING!  So happpyyy!
My oldest daughter, who's in 8th grade is doing well with her curriculum.  She is doing what my youngest was doing (Idaho Virtual Academy...K12 ).  It seems to work well for her.  She is taking two high school classes and she has two live teachers that work with her.  I still wish that K12 was a little more "meaty" in their curriculum.  However, if she is liking it, we will keep her there.  I am praying though that maybe next year a change will come for her.  I love a biblical perspective on schooling and I would like to have that for my oldest as well.  I know God will lead us to the right place.  I know His Will will be done.

Monday, November 12, 2012

October Catch Up

Wanted to catch up on some photos that I haven't been able to post on this blog for so long.  The October photo Catch Up started with my man having a birthday!  Happy Birthday my love!
We went on a huge hike!  Bison loved it!  I this he was in dog heaven!
Our view was gorgeous!
I even think the girls had a blast!
I even felt like the Elves in the Lord of the Rings walking through here! (Yes, sometimes I live in a fantasy world!)
My daughter said that the trees were coming to life and their tree hands were stretching out of the ground!  Spooky!
We did our annual Halloween candy night!  So much fun.  We had our friends over for some homemade chicken noodle soup and Tricked or Treated all night long.
Oh, first we carved our pumpkins...then had our Trick or Treat night!  I loved my daughters pumpkin!
My youngest girl was able to dress up twice.  Two nights before Halloween she was a made scientist!  It was the best quick costume ever!  She had a Halloween party for her Girl Scouts and this is what she came up with! 
 Today we started our new school curriculum for my youngest girl!  We are doing Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ!  I am very excited and after today's lessons I believe my daughter is just as excited!  It all went so smooth and we learned so much.  I can't wait to dig deeper into this curriculum.  YEAH!!!!  Thank you Lord!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Getting Caught Up

Well, I have finally figured out how to get back onto my blog.  It was a bunch of confusing issues and I believe I may have issues in the future!  I pray not, but you never know with these google accounts!

Lots has happened since the last blog I have posted.  I will not get into every detail, but look forwards to continuing with my blogging in the future. 

Schooling has been occupying most of my days, so I hope to blog about once a week.  One thing new that is happening is, I have decided to change my daughters school curriculum completely!  I am so scared, however, looking at our new books and layout I am totally excited!  This will be something completely different than what we are used to and I look forward at seeing how my 4th grader learns and grows these coming months!  I pray God will guide us and who knows where this new curriculum will take us!  I hope to share more of this journey with you in the months to come!

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2
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